In a setback to the Tirath Singh Rawat government, Kedarnath priests continued their peaceful protests on the third consecutive day on Sunday demanding disbanding the Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board.
The priests, who are performing pooja as the govt has allowed only opening of shrines for commencement of rituals, wore black bands in protest while performing duties.
They have threatened a hunger strike if the demand is not met. In April, Rawat revoked the earlier Trivendra Singh Rawat govt's 'Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Act' - freeing 51 temples from state government's control - including Haridwar and Badrinath.
After meeting with leaders with Vishwa Hindu Parishad, CM Rawat said that the government will be 'freeing 51 temples from govt control'.